Mishcon lawyers threatened over anti-Brexit case
22 July 2016
A rabble of Brexiters have picketed the offices of Mishcon de Reya for mounting a legal case against invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, while others have been accused of directing antisemitic abuse at the firm.
Mishcon commenced the action in the High Court this week on behalf of private parties including the lead challenger Gina Miller, an investment manager. The firm argues that constitutional law dictates that Parliament not the Prime Minister must decide on whether Article 50 should be triggered. This would mean the vote would have to be put to MPs who could decide to go against the referendum result and opt for the UK to remain in the EU, thereby saving the country from spiralling into the nine circles of hell *
However, this hasn't gone down well with some staunch
Brexiters. A throng armed with placards, and possibly pitch-forks, has staged a protest outside Mischon's London office waving banners declaring "Defend Democracy
" and "Invoke Article 50 now
". Lord Pannick QC, who has been instructed by Mischon in the legal challenge, said that the firm has also been subjected to "racist abuse"
and "antisemitic abuse"
||The view from Kevin Gold's window
Sir Brian Leveson, one of two judges sitting in the directions hearing, said the threats were “an extremely serious matter
”, adding that “Apart from the commission of a criminal offence, there’s a real risk that behaviour of this type is a contempt of court
Mishcon's aren't the first staff to have to nip through protesters to get to Starbucks, with lawyers at Clifford Chance
and White & Case
facing critics on the pavement.
But they only had to deal with polite cleaners, not a mob seemingly stocked with swivel-eyed blackshirts.
A spokeswoman for Mishcon declined to comment.
* Or vote to leave, and uphold the will of the people, democracy, Brexit means Brexit etc.